Critics often remark that “The Voice” hasn’t produced any superstars. But some people forget that country singer Morgan Wallen actually started “The Voice.”
Wallen competed in the sixth season of the popular NBC talent show in 2014. For his blind audition, he sang Howie Day’s “Collide” and got two red chairs to spin: Shakiras and Ushers.
His original goal was to be a professional baseball player, but after an injury he decided to pursue singing, which he had always loved. “I don’t want to go home and be this normal landscaper again,” he admitted in his pre-audit interview.
After Wallen finished singing, Usher and Shakira so politely tried to get Wallen on their team that Adam Levine called it a “love fest,” getting up and sitting on Blake Shelton’s lap. Shakira quipped, “It’s a different kind of love.”
Usher told Wallen, “There were a few moments in your performance where I felt like they weren’t done right,” and Wallen agreed. In the end, he chose Usher as his coach. After being eliminated during rounds of combat, Adam Levine stole it. However, according to Nikki Swift.com, he was sent home in the first round of the playoffs.
Although he didn’t win The Voice, Wallen is actually positive about it. He told People, “I’m thankful I didn’t win because it gave me a chance to take a few years after that show and really find out who I am as an artist and the right team around me to have.”
Wallen also told People that he “didn’t even know what ‘The Voice’ was” when he auditioned. “It was a big first step,” he said. “I think this is the first time in my life that I’ve realized that I might actually have a chance at it.”
Since appearing on The Voice, Wallen has risen to become a country music superstar. His first major single, released three years after The Voice in 2017 and featuring the help of Florida Georgia Line, was aptly titled “Up Down.”
The next year, 2018, he released his life-changing hit “Whiskey Glasses,” which was certified 7x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as of 2022. Wallen’s journey to stardom wasn’t without its pitfalls, however.
According to People, in May 2020, Wallen was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. The charges were dropped, Wallen issued a public apology, and the incident was soon forgotten. His next transgression, however, was not so easily brushed aside.
In February 2021, TMZ released a video of Wallen talking to his friends and using “the N-word.” The video comes from a neighbor’s doorbell camera. This set off a firestorm on social media, leading to Wallen issuing another public apology, this time with much more fervor.
Wallen told People he was “embarrassed and sorry,” adding, “There are no excuses ever to use that kind of language. I sincerely apologize for the use of the word. I promise to do better.” According to the outlet, “The next morning his music was removed from both major radio networks, he was suspended from his label ‘indefinitely,’ and he was disqualified from the ACM Awards [that] Spring.”
A week later, Wallen posted a video on Instagram in which he took full responsibility for what he had done and also announced that he was now nine days sober. He said: “Our words matter and I just want to encourage anyone watching to please learn from my mistake. There’s no reason to downplay what I’ve done, it counts.”
Wallen has managed to bounce back from the scandal and is once again a popular country artist. While all is not fully forgiven and forgotten, Wallen was invited to perform at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards where, according to a May 15, 2022 report, he sang a song about his fall from grace titled “Don’t Think Jesus.” wrote articles in People.
People also reports that Wallen won Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) in April for “Dangerous: The Double Album.”
Additionally, the “7 Summers” singer, who is currently in the midst of a 46-city arena tour that runs through September, is at the Billboard Music Awards for Best Country Artist, Best Male Country Artist and Best Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for Dangerous: The Double Album. Wallen took home the best country artist at the show,” reports People.
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